Readers Write: Nov. 28


Dems have ‘trickle-down’ model of their own

I’m responding to the Nov. 21 letter “GOP trying to sell false promises.” The letter-writer repeated a common Democratic contention that is pure hypocrisy. The political goal is to paint Republicans simply as rich people who want to exploit the poor.

The idea is that mean-spirited Republicans believe in “trickle-down” economics where the rich grab most of the money and sprinkle a few crumbs for the rest of us. In fact, Democrats support a more insidious trickle-down scheme. They promote a government that confiscates a big chunk of its citizens’ money, filters that revenue through a massive bureaucracy and then redistributes it to gain political advantage.

This bureaucracy isn’t very good at solving problems, but is quite effective at expanding its own role as the plantation overseers. What could be more “trickle down” than that?

BILL FOGARTY, ALPHARETTA

Americans must listen to each other

It is time for all of us — Republicans, Democrats, and Independents — to sit down together and engage in a productive dialogue over many issues, including climate change. We are all Americans, and we all share many of the same ideals, including fairness, making the world a better place, loyalty, passing on a better world to our children, providing for our families, respect and love of neighbor. With all our common values, there are no problems that we cannot resolve, but first we each need to listen to the other person. This means truly listening to their very real fears and concerns and not just trying to prove our point of view. This is indeed difficult, because it means recognizing that our opinion is not necessarily the only opinion. If we can do this, then we are much closer to resolving the very real problems of our times.

VERNON DIXON, HIAWASSEE




Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Paul Ryan is the ultimate party man

The mistake about Paul Ryan, the one that both friends and foes made over the years between his Obama-era ascent and his just-announced departure from the House speakership, was to imagine him as a potential protagonist for our politics, a lead actor in the drama of conservatism, a visionary or a villain poised to put his stamp upon the era. This Ryan-of-the-imagination...
Opinion: Remembering Barbara Bush, grieving mother

My mother and Barbara Bush were contemporaries. Despite coming from very different backgrounds — daughter of a Kansas farmer and daughter of a New York City businessman — they had a common experience, a very human link. It’s a sad connection that I suspect also has many a woman feeling fondly toward Bush, who died Tuesday at 92. Both...
Opinion: Foes of renewable energy increase risk of climate catastrophe

Peter Thiel, Facebook investor and Donald Trump supporter, is by all accounts a terrible person. He did, however, come up with one classic line about the disappointments of modern technology: “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” OK, now it’s 280, but who’s counting? The point of his quip was that while we&rsquo...
Opinion: ‘Little Pink House’ speaks truth to power

Coming soon to a cinema near you — you can make this happen; read on — is a bite-your-nails true-story thriller featuring heroes, villains and a history-making struggle over … the Constitution’s Takings Clause. Next Feb. 24, “Little Pink House” will win the Oscar for best picture if Hollywood’s political preening...
READERS WRITE: APR. 22

Left’s gender-neutral society will be weird I’m getting a glimpse of what a gender-neutral society is going to look like. Spurred on by leftist social scientists and a troop of useful idiots (of both sexes), that society is beginning to unfold. As I recently read an article, I came across the term “theybies.” It means babies...
More Stories